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medicare's future. when families are scraping to pay their medical bills, fraud, waste and abuse in our healthcare system are simply unacceptable. so today the president has asked us to put criminals on notice. the attorney general and i have convened this unprecedented summit featuring leaders from the public and private healthcare sectors because we believe the problem with healthcare fraud is even bigger than government, law enforcement or the private industry can handle alone. we'll need all of us working together to solve it. in the fight to prevent, find, catch and prosecute the crooks, we want every good idea we can get. everyone here has something to offer because healthcare fraud is a national problem. it affects federal programs like medicare, state programs like medicaid and private insurance companies. we're all vulnerable because we're all part of a healthcare system that's undergoing rapid growth. between 1970 and today, america's annual healthcare spending has gone from $75 million to over $2.5 billion. that's produced significant benefits for patients but it's also creat
. $65 for tonight. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. and. >>> we are back with our distinguished panel of experts, historians, pulitzer prize winners. let's talk about the ideological moment. part of what happened here is that the end of the cold war produced a new eyed oriole lodge ca
coverage of the earthquake in haiti. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scoor or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. why should you call the scooter store today? because their mobility experts are also medicare experts. and that means the scooter store is your best shot at qualifying for a scooter that costs you little to nothing. hi i'm doug harrison. pay little to nothing out of pocket. how do we it? we know what it takes to get you your power chair it's our strength. it's our mission. and we back it up with the scooter store guarantee. if we qualify you and medicare denies your claim for a new powerchair or scooter, i'll give it to you absolutely free. i paid into medicare all my life, and when i needed it the benefit
reviews and investigations of medicare and medicaid fraud. some have resulted in prosecutions and other in new program integrity functions to prevent health care fraud. he has been the inspector general since september 2004 and is the senior official responsible for audits, evaluations, investigations, and general law enforcement for all hhs projects. it is an honor to introduce my colleague, dan levinson. [applause] >> thank you very much. i cannot pass up an opportunity to say hello, good morning, and welcome you here as early as possible. this is such an important event for our office of inspector general because fighting fraud is what we are all about. on behalf of the 1500 dedicated professionals of our office, welcome to what looks to be a very interesting and what i undoubtedly believe will be very productive day as we gather throughout these breakout sessions to drill down on some of the most important issues concerning health-care integrity that our programs face. again, i think you will be hearing this from others as well, when one of every three americans depends upon an effi
problems with this proposal, this is they're going to go on medicare earlier, which will cost money. they won't be paying taxes 'cause they're not working. but the -- this has budgetary problems way more than what's been analyzed. broadly speaking again, to your point, if you take tarp money and make it a magic slush fund and pay people to join the army $100,000, that would lower the unemployment rate. >> it's going to cost you more money to take a job away from someone who is around that age than it is to keep them in their job. these people need this job to make rent. they are not dead weight. so this notion of retiring them early so that some young person who can live at home and be taken care of by his parents is better for our economy is crazy. >> last word. >> it's a voluntary program. it's not a matter of getting rid of dead wood. it's only people who are willing and ready to leave the work force. those people who are ready to leave ought to be given an incentive so that perhaps a younger worker who is going to be paying into the system can have a shot. >> kucinich is over 60
. and what it doesn't cover can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you choose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are no networks and no referrals needed. help protect yourself from some of what medicare doesn't cover. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... and medicare guide and find out... how you could start saving. >>> calvin brodus was a former l.a. gang member who turned his life around when he met rapper, dr. dre. he game snoop do
presentations done right. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. call the number on your screen for free information. garlique's clinically proven ingredient maintains healthy cholesterol naturally. eat right. exercise. garlique. >>> let me ask you about another country broadly speaking in the reg
, that is not the way to do it. what we should do is what medicare did in 1965. it was a christmas tree in the beginning. that is how they got the legislation passed. after that, then they started putting restrictions. in fact, we must be doing a good job, because now everyone is -- scared that medicare pays so little because it is too stingy in its payment. we did put cost controls and later. medicare does have its financial problems. let me end by saying, i think the public option would have had the potential to control costs, because you could sell insurance, it would garner market share. that could allow for the consolidated purchasing power i talked about to reduce costs which would bring more buyers there. reading the newspapers, it does not look like we will have a public option. that would be the one way in which i could see a health care reform having potential for controlling costs. on a positive note, it is not about costs or dead. if we move towards universal coverage, we are going to be creating a system that will be more malleable to the changes we want to see with regard to cost containme
't know the exact number but clearly with the body of medicare of 55 and over we are going to pick up two or 3 million more. now you've got the program operated by the opm and you have a bye in there of several million people. there's a provision most people haven't focused on which is a state can set up a separate program for people, government-run between 133% of poverty and 300% of poverty and any number of states will essentially do that. finally in all probability the exchanges are going to be run by the states. so, as that system comes forward you've got a bigger medicare, bigger medicaid, the fixed rates other components which are going to have negotiated rates. the bad news is going to take four years, five years to get this up and operating so i'm not sure there's going to be a lot of changes. but i think we have to start thinking how do we bring those together? it may be that medicare and medicaid are dictating rates for the groups that are negotiated. >> if we take that as a presumption we are going to see something built i would like you to respond what we were talking about h
in social security and medicare. cuts in social security an medicare. i would simply say to them, look at where we are. look at where we are. social security and medicare are both cash negative today. the trustees of medicare say that medicare will go broke in eight years. social security will take somewhat longer. but both are on a path to insolvency if we fail to act. mr. president, it hasn't just been from the more liberal side of the spectrum that the criticism has come. also on the right. "the wall street journal," ran this editorial calling the debt reduction commission or the deficit commission a trap. they say it is a trap that will lead to higher taxes, to more revenue. so on the left and the right we have those complaining that if you move forward to deal with the debt, you're going to make reductions in programs and you're goi i think that's undeniably the case. if you're going to deal with this debt threat, we are going to have to make changes in the spending prowewewewewe are goine changes in the revenue base of the country. i would suggest for those who are concerned abou
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's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you choose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are no networks and no referrals needed. help protect yourself from some of what medicare doesn't cover. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... and medicare guide and find out... how you could start saving. the 5-year, 100,000 mile transferable powertrain warranty, from gmc. with roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, it's the best coverage in america. >>> breaking news on
. medicare and medicaid services report that u.s. health care spending rose 4.4% to $2.3 trillion, the slowest growth rate in nearly 50 years. health care spending is still accounting for 16.2% of gdp that is up from 15.9% in 2007. >> general motors december sales falling by 13%, larger than analysts expected. phil lebeau is in chicago with more. a lot of surprises today? >> a lot of surprises. gm weaker than expected. we want to go over those numbers from general motors. the vice president for sales from the company's headquarters susan dockerty. thanks for joining us. >> happy new year to you. >> let's go over these numbers. you are talking about the fact you cleared a lot of inventory and retail market share and retail sales you are trending up. let's be honest here these numbers are weaker than wall street wasç expecting. >> i can't tell you that i know what wall street was expecting but our retail business was up 7%. our total sales were down 6% and that was something we were expecting because last december we had a very high percentage of fleet. but this december our fleet
about the condition of social security and of medicare, both teetering the tremendous federal deficit that seems to be getting bigger and bigger and wondering, how in the world we are going to pay for this. >> you raise an extremely important point. a bit of history, and then my sense of what is next. at the beginning of 2009, it was theç general judgmentç of çeconomists, conservatives, moderates, liberals, economists all across the political spectrum that there was a real prospect our country could have had aç depressionú prospect of deflation. it said there wasç an argument then for stimulusç legislation. you can debate whether it should have included this or that or something else, but there was a consensus that some stimulus was needed. çnow, certainly, many months later, we wake up and our government owns a car companyt( an insurance company, an investment house, and people are çsaying, excuse me? what is next? çgivenç all of these deficits? and i do believe that it isççe for the government to put in place something of an exit strategy soç that, in some
but clearly with a body in medicare 55 and older you're going to pick up two or 3 million more. now you've got the program operated by opm. you will have a body in there of probably 7 million people. there's a provision most haven't focused on which is the state can set up a separate program for people, government-run, between 133% of poverty and 300% of poverty. i know a number of states will essentially do that and then finally, in all probability the exchanges are going to be run by states. so as the system comes forward you've got a bigger medicare and bigger medicaid that fixed rates, other components which are going to have negotiating rates. the bad news it's going to take four or five years to get this up and operating so i'm not sure there's going to be a lot of changes. but we have to start thinking how we bring this together. it may well be medicare and medicaid are dictating rates for the other groups that in fact negotiate. >> if we take that is the presumption we are going to see something, bill, i would like you to respond to what we are talking about here. but there's also the
with all of these giveaways to get signed on to a bill that raises taxes and cuts medicare to seniors who deputy on medicare and cause people's policies to go up. >> just to follow up on that. a lot of this race was also about the tax hike component. i mean, scott brown said cap and trade is a tax hike. the health care bill is a tax hike. he's formulating kitchen table populism or pickup truck populism or tea party populism. has your party missed the boat on this? have the democrats now moved way too far left away from center ground? i don't think so, but obviously the party has to sit back and take a very close look at what the people of massachusetts were saying. what they were not saying and here's where i disagree with the senator, is that they don't like the health care plan that they put together in massachusetts which is essentially the outline of the senate plan. in fact, the vast majority of people in massachusetts like what they did in massachusetts and the new senator supports that bill and does not support the repeal of the massachusetts plan which has massive federal subsidie
company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and edicare guide., if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you hoose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are o networks and no.referrals needed. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare .supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... how ou ould start saving. assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little to no cost to you. stay tuned for this important medicare benefit information and free scooter guarantee. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full.
these are some of the hearings we had. medicare advantage which you'll hear about tonight. predatory sales practice. may 15, 2008, we did nursing home standards. we passed the nursing home standard law 25 years ago. never had a hearing on it. we had the first one. long-term care insurance, our consumers -- are consumers protected? june 16, termination of individual health insurance policies. you buy an individual family polcy, you fill out an application, right? we had two hearings on this. our investigation took us about 18 months into this. when you fill out your insurance policy, there's most insurance companies have about 1,400 different codes. you go to the local drugstore you fill out your prescription, you run it through the insurance company. if you trigger one of those 1,00 codes, they'll probably go through and review your policy because what this code triggered was it might be very expensive medical treatment you'll face in the future and therefore they are going to dump you off your insurance if they can and they do it under thing called rescission. for instance, one family, th
, it will save us money by making cuts to medicare. yet, at the same time they're expanding medicare and medicaid. medicare is a program with $74 trillion in liability. already, again, the idea, get as many people on government assistance as possible. does that sound like that's what is possibly going on here today in america? this latest class of progressives has taken the c canloward piven to new level. tarp money. people who didn't deserve it. if you are a bank and can't figure out the guy at the car wash can't afford a $2 million house, you don't deserve to be a bank. but, barney frank and his friends threatened the the banks and said if you don't give out the risky loans to people who can't afford them, well, then you have us to deal with. even the guy who signed off on tarp, progressive himself, george bush warned that tighter restrictions and regulations were needed for fannie and freddie. a progressive saying fannie and freddie is in trouble. he didn't warn once or twice, he warned 17 times. the stimulus package, millions of dollars. going to fund non-existent projects in districts that d
for taking my call. the so-called reduction in medicare that the republicans more or less talk about on a regular basis is really -- is it information or misinformation about the program, either the senate or the house of representatives bill, are they going to really reduce the amount of money into medicare to pay for this plan? and also the public option, why is it that they are not wanting to really fight for the public option? it seems to me that that would be a good way to go and if people are purchasing insurance, you know, they're responsible for reading the policy and knowing what coverage they have and, you know, it's just like taking out a loan. if you don't read the fine print and you sign on the dotted line, you're responsible. because it's a contract. andity think the republicans are just fear mongering and trying to kill the bill simply because of the input of the lobbyists from the insurance, you know, the big corporations. host: thanks for your call. guest: a comment on the medicare question briefly. the pieces in the health legislation that would reduce costs under m
like this ♪ >>> a lot of us remember that. some seniors could be getting new twist in their medicare drug program. who better to promote it than the man who coined the term we're talking about, chubby cheber. he sang and danced the hit, unveiling a new ad campaign today promoting what's being called the extra help program. under the new law more than 1 million low-income seniors could be eligible for close to $4 thounz in prescription drug assistance. chubby checker. >>> you can always check out cnn did the politics.com. >>> if anyone remembers 9/11, it's certainly rudy giuliani, but he seemed to suggest this morning that there weren't any domestic terror attacks during the bush presidency. just ahead he'll join us live. i'll ask him to clarify the red-hot remarks. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. and what it doesn't cover can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some pd what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-
't talking about medicare advantage when they referred that. the bills in the house and senate include massive cuts in the medicare advantage program. and so people that have med can care advantage have vin vative new private insurance available for million office seniors and me digap policy. but also recognizing that the business of creating the massive new government run health insurance exchanges. and then allowing businesses to not offer health insurance if they just pay an 8 percent tax to the federal government will create an incentive where you'll see by some estimate maybe 100,000,000 americans could lose insurance through they're employers. not because the government would make them drop they're insurance you understand? you know, i think i remember the president saying one time, nothing in this bill requires you to give up your insurance. - or you know give up insurance you have through your employer but respectfully as i've said, it's hard to keep the healthcare insurance you have at the place of employment if your employer cancels it. and in this tough economy and i don't h
on the republican line. caller: thank you for taking my call. the so-called reduction in medicare -- is this information or misinformation? are they really going to reduce the amount of money in medicare to pay for this plan? also, the public option. how come they do not want to fight for that? it seems to me that it would be a good way to go. if people are insuring -- purchasing insurance, they are responsible for reading the policy and numbing their coverage. it is just like taking out a loan. if you sign on the dotted line, you are responsible because it is a contract. i think republicans are just fear-mongering, trying to kill the bill simply because of the input of lobbyists. host: thank you for the call. guest: public comment on the medicare question. the pieces in the legislation that would reduce cost under medicare are comprised of a number of components that have been discussed by legislative advisory commissions in the past, such as the medicare advisory council, which advises congress on issues of payment in medicare. issues have also been raised by the congressional b
, this is off the table. defense, medicare, medicaid, homeland security. when ever anybody tells you your budget is safe, it's going to bloat and have waste in it. those are the areas we have to cut, the sacred cow. >> fdr also raised taxes. that had something to do with the economy going down massive tax increases, including excise taxes on people, and a tight monetary policy. it wasn't the spending that did it. we cut spending in the early 20s. >> i can't tell you how much, david, that this tax -- excuse me, this spending freeze is so fake. it cements in place the stimulus spending and the budget inflation under obama. that's up by 22, 25%. that's not a spending freeze. it's 25 billion over every year over ten years and that's a drop in the bucket in a multi trillion dollar budget deficit. >> they're saying the spending is a drop in the bucket. we haven't gone halfway where we should. >> we need a real jobs program. >> what do you call $800 billion? >> i don't usually -- is that change to you? >> it's only a start. it wasn't enough. unemployment is still at 10%. and clinton is talking about cu
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, but will not be if we don't make some changes. now, here's the good news. compared to medicare, social security is actually in reasonably good shape, and with some relatively small adjustments, you can have that solvent for a long time. so social security is going to be there. i know a lot of people are concerned about it. social security we can fix. now, in terms of the cola, the formula -- cola stands for cost of living allowance, so it's put in place to make sure that social security is keeping up with inflation. here's the problem. this past year, because of the severity of the recession, we didn't have inflation; we actually had deflation. so prices actually fell last year. as a consequence, technically, seniors were not eligible for a cost of living adjustment, to have it go up because prices did not go up in the aggregate. that doesn't mean that individual folks weren't being pinched by higher heating prices or what have you, but on average prices went down. here's what we did. working with these key members of congress here, we did vote to provide a $250 one-time payment to seniors, whi
making more than $200,000, and couples making $250,000 would pay more in medicare taxes. and then in the house's version, couples making more than $1 million would get a 5.4% surtax on their adjusted gross income. >>> about 100 people gathered just outside the white house yesterday to protest against iran's government. it demanded human rights and democracy and free press for iran. the group said they wanted obama to take action to end the violence there. >>> and our reza sayah has more. >> two new items to show you on the iran desk. first of all, amateur video posted. remember, some of the video clips are being posted after the demonstrations, because the government blocked internet access or slowed it down. this shows a protester climbing up a light post and ripping down a banner bearing the picture of a leader. and rarely have we aired comments from the protesters themselves because of the media crackdown in iran, and also because a lot of the people are scared. they are convinced iranian intelligence agents are watching them and listening to them. on sunday night we
mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> six more weeks of winter, we wish. this cold isn't going to snap anytime soon is, it, chad. >> not really kyra, although we have an issue next week that could bring an ice storm to parts of the southeast, but also a warmup to other parts. it all depends on where the low pressure system is. if there's a low right here, you've got a cold front and this is the side where the cold air is over here. there's also another warm front that we begins to warm things up
that passed, there was a massive savings expected in medicare i believe estimated 5 billion over the first few years and $1 trillion over the first 10 years of full implementation and 3 trillion over 20 years of implementation. that was transferred from the medicare savings are used to expand the other activity of the government's, specifically the expansion of medicaid and the new entitlement that was in the bill. if those dollars were used which were saved for medicare to shore up medicare and in some manner manner, in a medicare reserve fund to pay down debt, could you give us a thumbnail estimate how much that might help correct the structural problems that we have? >> i cannot do quantitative acquisition in my head by you're watching is correct that we estimated almost 500 billion in medicare savings over the 10 year projection point*. and over time if they not separately quantify. >> let me combine a question come if you did not use it to expand the government but instead to shore up the medicare system by reducing fed debt wouldn't that have a significant positive the event for medicare
for states. $129 billion of it went for health care coverage supporting medicare costs and technology products. there are other areas, too. $116 billion went towards the vulnerable. people who need assistance, like food stamps and unemployment assistance. $104 billion went to education and science. $66 billion went to green projects. $48 billion to transportation improvements and highway construction, and another $34 billion went to other assorted projects. of the $787 billion, $413 billion, a little more than half of it, is spoken for. it's been doled out in form of tax breaks, spending projects, other obligations. that leaves us with about $374 billion leftover, about half of which will be for more tax breaks. we've got a great panel of experts with us for the hour, but let's start with cnn senior political analyst david gergen. david, the simple question so many people are asking, is the stimulus working so far? >> ali, it certainly has helped. and i think when the government throws this much money at the economy, clearly, it has helped to save jobs, state and local government. cle
. it will cost us more? >> the center for medicare services says it will cost .6%, almost 1% more. so democrats are saying, hey, this is pretty good. only 1% increase. we're having tremendous increases every year. although this past year we had the lowest increase in a long time. a little over 4% based on the recession. however, that's not the real story. the real story in that report also says that doctors and hospitals will find it unprofitable, perhaps, to take medicare and may, in fact, move away from accepting medicare patients. >> that's the real take away in that report. >> then if -- if the pool of doctors who take medicare patients shrinks, does that lead to what some have referred to as rationing simply because there will be fewer to pick from? >> absolutely. in an alcoholic since, rationing and leads to increased prices for health consumers based on demand, and what it's going to lead to is we have now medicare increases of about 8% a year historically. the government is saying with this plan, we're going to cut medicare a half trillion dollars. can that really be done based upon the
medicare advantage, and they were referring to that because the bills in the house and senate contain massive cuts. if people that have medicare advantage and the innovative program available to millions of seniors through medicare -- that goes away. also, this business of creating massive new government-run health insurance exchanges and allowing businesses to not offer health insurance to their employees if they just pay and 8% tax to the federal government is going to create an incentive for you are going to see, by some estimates, maybe a hundred million americans could lose the health insurance they currently have with their employer. it is not because the government would make the employer dropped their health insurance regan -- health insurance. i think our remember the president's saying nothing in this bill will make you give up the insurance you have through your employer. i would say respectfully, it is awfully hard to keep the health insurance you have at your place of employment if your employer cancels it, and in this tough economy -- it is tough all over in this country
issues. like, do you believe barack obama is a u.s. citizen? are social security and medicare socialism and do you believe barack obama is a solist. the idea is to make them unacceptable to the political middle. the tea partyers don't trust regular republicans at all. here's a tea party hero, glenn beck. >> americans have been fighting this battle in the last year through the tea parties. americans are on to the republicans, who are just really progressives. we know now i'm not going to trust somebody because they have a d. or an r. on their name. chris: andrew, the tea partyers are making the republicans sign on to this bill of particulars like the birther stuff. >> the burter stuff is deadly and a lot of people do think it. chris: deadly to whom? >> to the republican party. i think they do represent -- i think this is again bush, i have to say. they lived under eight years of an allegedly conservative president who spent and borrowed and invaded and did everything that a liberal democrat might have done. 'rtheye so furious but they repressed it now they're exploding. chris: you deal w
, medicare and otherwise, being asked to pay for that additional -- setting aside something that unionized workers will not have to face for an additional five years? >> i think some of the revenue questions are obviously part of the discussions that are ongoing. the president has made a commitment that he will keep to ensure that this legislation is fully paid for. again, it is something that is a little different that is going on in washington these days. this is a proposal that will be scored and it will be rendered a judgment as to the fact that the president will pay for every ççdime in this bill. the compensated for in taxes for additional medicare savings? >> again, i think some of the discussions are ongoing. >> on healthcare, the last month or six weeks you all have proceeded with no republican support, no republican negotiations as far as anyone can tell, 60-40 votes. and it looked like you were on the glide path to passing it in the senate's with democratic- only boats. you now faced the prospect in çmassachusettsç of possibly needing a republican vote. is there some reg
- term liabilities is medicare, medicaid, and health care spending. nothing comes close. social security would probably fix the same way to and ronald reagan sat down together and could figure something out. that is manageable. medicare and medicaid are a massive problem down the road. that is going to be what our children have to worry about. paul's approach, i want to be careful to not simplify this because i know you have a lot of detail in your plan, but i understand it to say that we will provide doctors of some sort for current medicare recipients at the current level. 55 and over. there is a grandfathering in for future beneficiaries. i just want to point out that i have read it. the basic idea is that at some point, we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not go way out of black. i am sure there are some details -- we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not have things going out of wahack. it has to be reformed for the younger generations because it is going bankrupt. why not give people the sa
medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses let me know. one of the criticisms the democrats have had of republicans you have no ideas and you are not helping, republicans say we are cut out of the deal, what is it? >> it is interesting he posed that question i had given a number of ideas in the direction that health care should take and unfortunately those ideas weren't incorporated. went into a different direction since i voted in the finance committee at that point hit considerable concerns but i thought it deserved continuing the process and seeing what we could do to bill the bridges. >> greta: seemed to be a couple layers in health care. one is substance. the second part is whether or not republicans are included in the discussion or not women? i talked to democrats they say republicans are obstructionists. republicans say they won't even include us. you have been in a unique position for a little while in december where you steam -- you seemed to be able to talk to democrats. are the republicans included in this discussion or not? >> they haven't been. they might have
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